Tribe Members Say They Were Shut Out Of $290M Dam Trust

Law360, New York (October 15, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT) -- A group of Cheyenne River Sioux tribe members hit the U.S. with a putative class action in South Dakota federal court Monday on behalf of landowners they claim were shortchanged by a $290 million compensation trust related to the construction of a hydroelectric dam.

The plaintiffs allege funds from a $290 million trust the U.S. established as compensation for flooded tribal land has gone directly to the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe and left individual landowners insufficiently compensated. Nearly half of the 100,000 acres of tribal lands...
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